Hunter’s son will not be indicted
A son of Pine Bluff native and Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter will not be indicted on charges of sexual assault of a child, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A Texas grand jury determined there was not enough evidence against Darius McClinton-Hunter, 17, a student at Prosper High School, and voted not to indict him. The case was dismissed Wednesday, Collin County assistant district attorney John Schomburger told the Times.
According to Torii Hunter’s lawyer Todd Shapiro, the girl who made the allegations against Darius McClinton-Hunter reached out to a friend of his family and recanted her story a week after the incident, the Times reported.
Darius’ older brother, Torii Jr., will play football at Notre Dame starting this fall.
Forge enters 1,000 point club
MAGNOLIA — Senior Kori Forge scored a game-high 20 points in a 70-68 overtime loss to Southern Arkansas Thursday night to give him a career total of 1,013 points, making him the 25th addition to the Arkansas-Monticello men’s basketball 1,000 point club and the first to reach the milestone in the two-year history of the Great American Conference.
Southern Arkansas (10-15, 6-13 GAC) led for the entire game, with one exception - a three-pointer from Forge at the 2:24 mark of the first half to give UAM (16-9, 11-8 GAC) a 24-23 lead. SAU closed the first half on a 7-3 scoring run to take a three-point lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Boll Weevils conclude the regular season on Saturday on the road against Ouachita Baptist beginning at 4 p.m.
Cotton Blossoms dominate Lady Riders
MAGNOLIA — Arkansas-Monticello shot 49 percent, forced 31 turnovers and tied a Great American Conference record with 22 steals in a 76-40 women’s basketball victory over Southern Arkansas on Thursday.
UAM (6-19, 3-16 GAC) clinched the No. 8 seed in the Great American Conference tournament, which begins next Thursday in Bartlesville, Okla.
The Cotton Blossoms held the Lady Riders (0-24, 0-19 GAC) to single-digit scoring until the 1:48 mark of the first half, going on to a 47-11 halftime lead.
Raija McWright led the Blossoms with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Jordan Goforth had 14 points, Candace Virgadamo scored 12, Ashley Qualls totaled 11 and Catherine Puckett netted 10.
Florida gets best of Arkansas women
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite a balanced scoring effort, Florida beat Arkansas 69-58 in women’s basketball Thursday.
Sarah Watkins led Arkansas (17-11, 5-10 SEC) with 16 points, while Erin Gatling added 11 and Keira Peak had 10. The Razorbacks, however, struggled to 25.9 percent shooting from the field.
Florida improved to 17-12 and 6-9 in the SEC.